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-- Case Badges, Pyramid, and Conclusions
-- 11.23.2003
-- By: brutal
-- Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

    Let's finish this review of Sunbeam's Lighted products by taking a look at some very hot mods on the market today. Let's start with the Pyramid smart fan controller.



    These pyramid's are such a simple concept, I am mad that I didn't think of it first :). The pyramid works by sensing the case temperature using that black sensor on the top of the pyramid and controlling the rpm of 2 or more fans. If your case temperature is too high, (above 42c) this pyramid will flash and it has a loud buzzer alarm. A couple of notes, this pyramid does require 12volts for the fans and 5volts for the processor and the lights will not go on without it being properly powered.



    The contents of the Pyramid include a Y-connector so you do not lose a power connector, mounting Velcro, and detailed installation instructions. The dimensions of the Pyramid is about 1.5 inches on all sides, which is small enough for even the most cramped cases.



    Here is the pyramid when it is on and working. The LED's on the pyramid are more than just lights, they indicate whether the pyramid are controlling fans or not.



    The last items in this review are the EL Badges from Sunbeam. EL stands for Electroluminescence which works by having phosphor sitting between 2 electrodes with AC current running through the phosphor to turn it on and off very quickly. In laymans terms, it is a very bright, low heat light source. Here is what is included with each EL Badge Light: a silent inverter, quick connects to attach the badges to the inverter, and the EL light. Sunbeam includes one of 7 case badges with their kits.



    The first badge is the Biohazard badge. Below are 3 stages of it being, Off, On in a light room, and On in a dark room.



    This case badge is really weird being an American. For some reason Sunbeam created a Saddam Hussein case badge. I am not sure what its meaning is unless it is like a target or something. Anyway, here is the same stages as the Bio badge.



    In conclusion, there are a lot of products in this review so I cannot list all of the pro's and con's without taking up a few more pages. I am not sure if Sunbeam makes all of the products they sell or if they "re-badge" products, either way I believe that they are starting to understand the modder's mentality of fit and finish and that the products they sell need to perform as advertised.

     Overall, I would give Sunbeam high marks in packaging, simplified installations with quick connectors and plugs, and having a lot of diversity with products.

    I would like to thank Roy from Sunbeam for providing all of the products in this review.

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